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Where did the German Ludwick family come from? What is the German Ludwick family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ludwick family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ludwick family history?

A multitude of prestigious family names, such as the surname Ludwick, were formed in the lands which became the modern German state of Prussia, known for its beauty, industry and military power. However, in the medieval era, Prussia was fragmented and inhabited by numerous barbarian tribes, who fought amongst themselves for control of the land. The borders of the barbarian kingdoms, which were established after the fall of the Roman Empire, changed repeatedly. The region that came to be known as Prussia was roughly divided between the territories of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia and East Prussia. The Ludwick family emerged in Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany. By the 19th century, Brandenburg-Prussia had incorporated East Prussia, West Prussia and many other German territories. Moreover, in the late 19th century, it led the German states in the German Unification.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ludwig, Ludwick, Luedwick, Ludwich, Lutwich, Lutwig, Lutwick, Ludewig and many more.

First found in Brandenburg, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. "Ludwig" was very popular as a first name through the fame of many kings and princes bearing this name. Indeed, as a first name it can be traced as far back as the West-Franconian "Chlodovech," who was the founder of Frankenreich in 486. Often it was taken as a last name by those who served one of the many King Ludwigs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ludwick research. Another 305 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1556, 1700, 1725, 1200, 1227, 1579, 1650, 1813, 1816 and 1895 are included under the topic Early Ludwick History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 163 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ludwick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ludwick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Daniel Ludwick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Michael Ludwick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Hans Georg Ludwick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1750
  • Mathew Ludwick, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Matthew Ludwick, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1764


Ludwick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Louis Ludwick, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852

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  • Eric David Ludwick (b. 1971), American retired Major League Baseball pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Florida Marlins, and Toronto Blue Jays
  • Ryan Andrew Ludwick (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball left fielder for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Tessa Ludwick (b. 1988), Korean-born, American actress, best known for her roles in Thirteen (2003), Geppetto (2000) and Kids for Character (1996)
  • Christopher Ludwick (1720-1801), German immigrant to American who served as baker general for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War
  • Andrew K. Ludwick, American businessman who co-founded SynOptics, CEO and President of SynOptics Communications


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  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
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The Ludwick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ludwick Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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